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James “Jim” Bacon has represented foreign banks and exchange houses, corporations, municipalities and individuals in complex commercial and business matters, helping them navigate disputes and protecting them from pitfalls for over 35 years. Mr. Bacon provides his clients aggressive and innovative business strategies designed to fully capitalize on the particular strengths of each client. Always willing to advocate a unique or difficult case, he is very experienced going “all in” on “bet the business” high stakes litigation if no other alternative is available to his clients.  He also enjoys serving as local counsel for out-of-state firms in all State and Federal court systems.  He is licensed in all State and Federal courts of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He received his law degree from the American University School of Law, has a varied trial and appellate practice, and has served as a lecturer at trial advocacy seminars. His areas of concentration include Anti-Money Laundering, OFAC Compliance and FinCEN regulations, business planning and protection, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, corporate structure and governance, employment disputes and HR issues, complex commercial litigation, complex arbitrations, civil and criminal forfeiture law, franchising, technology matters, real estate and real estate planning.

Mr. Bacon has achieved a peer review of “AV” in Martindale-Hubbell, meaning he possesses a “preeminent rating,” achievable only after admission to the Bar for at least ten years, indicating the highest level of legal ability and ethics – the pinnacle of professional excellence. He has also been selected as a “Super Lawyer,” an exclusive listing of outstanding attorneys who have attained preeminent peer recognition, limited to no more than 5 percent of the practicing attorneys in Virginia and Washington, DC. Mr. Bacon has also been selected to the Top Attorneys of North America, which has been recognized and distinguished as an identifier of the best lawyers that the North American legal community has to offer. He has been named among the Top 100 Lawyers in Virginia by City of Richmond Magazine. He also has been recognized as a LEGAL LEADER by The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Baltimore Sun.

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Eminent Domain
  • Condominium and Homeowners Association Law
  • Real Estate
  • Business Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Wealth Management
  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Business Counseling
  • Complex Arbitrations
  • Computer Technology
  • FinCEN Regulations
  • Franchising
  • Government Contracts
  • Insurance Matters
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • OFAC Compliance

Reported Cases

  • Holliday v. Scansea, Inc., 232 Va. 316, 350 S.E. 2d 607 (1986)
  • Chang v. Hung, 699 A.2d 1133 (D.C., 1997)
  • C.F. Trust v. First Flight Ltd., 140 F. Supp. 2d 628 (E.D. Va. 2001)
  • Andrews v. Browne, et al., 276 Va 141, 662 S.E. 2d 58 (2008)

James T Bacon Super Lawyers

Bar Admissions
  • 1998, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado and U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • 1990, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland and U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • 1988, District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia and U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • 1985, U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1984, U.S. Court of International Trade
  • 1982, Virginia, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit and U.S. Tax Court
  • District of Columbia
  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D.
  • Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, Illinois
    • B.S.  cum laude 
Associations & Memberships
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
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